Overview

Sean Patrick O'Connell was the son of Donald and Mary Pat O'Connell. His was a middle class upbringing in a middle class neighborhood. Though he went off to college after high school graduation his performance was less than stellar. When he left college he volunteered to serve during the Vietnam War. His was an exemplary, though short, military career.

At the war's end he returned to school and did well. In his Senior year he submitted a ...
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A Matter of Perception

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Overview

Sean Patrick O'Connell was the son of Donald and Mary Pat O'Connell. His was a middle class upbringing in a middle class neighborhood. Though he went off to college after high school graduation his performance was less than stellar. When he left college he volunteered to serve during the Vietnam War. His was an exemplary, though short, military career.

At the war's end he returned to school and did well. In his Senior year he submitted a Fulbright Scholarship proposal which was approved. What distressed his family, classmates, school and the Fulbright committee was that his studies would place him in the midst of sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sean had undertaken his study of The Troubles to discover a solution to three centuries of violence. What he could not have anticipated was that he would be thrust into the very center of the conflict.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011941986
  • Publisher: Christopher Allan Knowles
  • Publication date: 10/4/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 94 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Knowles grew up in Washington, DC, attending The Sidwell Friends School from the age of three through high school graduation. Subsequently he attended college for two and one-half years before enlisting in the United States Air Force at the height of the Vietnam War. He served in air intelligence units for the following four years. Upon his return to civilian life he received a Bachelor’s degree in Cartography, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and was a doctoral student in Econometrics when his work took him to the island of Martha’s Vineyard in 1991.

In his work life he has practiced such professions as cartographer and environmental resources planner. Since 1983 he has served as a healthcare administrator in public and community health settings including hospitals and community health centers in The Bronx, hospices in Iowa and New York, and home health agencies in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He now works in administration in a rural hospital.

Mr. Knowles is married with three sons and one granddaughter and one grandson.
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